Marie Antoinette’s Le Petit Trianon

January 9th, 2009 Posted in Architecture | No Comments »

Imagine having your own home away from home, devoid of worries and care =). This is going to be a most exciting tour destination upon our next trip to France, along with Claude Monet’s home and Grand Trianon, Versailles.

*Photocredits: Ellen and A Sweet

Sylvain Côté’s Green Evolution

January 9th, 2009 Posted in Architecture | No Comments »

I found an article in a decor specialty magazine several months back. It featured Sylvain Côté’s home. Please read the PATH excerpt below–>

PATH Partner Named “Best of the Best” by Professional Remodeler by Brian Sullivan

Absolute Remodeling recognized for South Salem, N.Y. remodeling project

Absolute Remodeling was honored for its whole-house renovation in South Salem, N.Y. PATH Partner Absolute Remodeling was named winner of the 2007 “Best of the Best” Design Award by Professional Remodeler magazine.

Absolute Remodeling was honored for its whole-house renovation in South Salem, N.Y. Reconstructed on the octagonal foundation of a home originally built in 1983, the 3,750-square-foot lakeside home was deemed as functional and environmentally friendly with an innovative and attractive design.

Absolute Remodeling president Sylvain Côté, who owns the house, said the project’s goal was to demonstrate green building in his market.

As such, engineered materials were used on the home’s exterior to provide better durability and make it easier to maintain, while the interior used raw and reclaimed materials, including wood, wrought iron and stone. The home’s other energy-saving features include radiant heating; ENERGY STAR-qualified appliances; light-emitting diodes (LED), compact fluorescent lights (CFL) and halogen lighting; and two heat recovery ventilators.

“From a marketing standpoint, I recognized that this is the perfect time for a project with this focus in my area. But the reality is that it goes much deeper than marketing. Green building is not a trend. It is here to stay,” Côté told Professional Remodeler.

The pictures below cannot completely do justice to Sylvain Côté’s gorgeous home. I can’t imagine the amount of work that was poured into this mammoth project.

*Photocredit: http://www.westchestercountybusiness.com

Gorgeous Residential Architecture

September 5th, 2008 Posted in Architecture, Tudors | No Comments »

These are pictures of two Tudors with turrets. They are magnificent! My second favorite are Colonials. I love homes that have interesting interiors e.g. built-in cabinets, a spiral stair casing, cathedral ceilings. Something that says “charm, charm, charm.” Pretty landscaping is also a big plus. I love japanese cherry trees, japanese maples (weeping or not), pink dogwoods, hybrid, tea, & miniature roses, hinoki, arbor vitae, hollies, mountain fire andromedas, cypresses, lilacs, honeysuckle, peonies, poppies, forsythia, japanese painted ferns, pink astilbes, oriental lillies, strawberries, etc. I love many plants that unfortunately do not thrive in my zone e.g. jasmine, plumeria, and French lavender to name a few.

*Please note: left pic photocredit to ElissaSCA and right pic photocredit to HistoricOmaha.net.